2015 President’s Message


Hello CPRS Vancouver Island Members!

Welcome to another fall season. We are looking forward to offering a year of engaging networking and professional development activities for public relations and communications practitioners across Vancouver Island. 

I am pleased to be serving as your President in 2015-16 as well as Accreditation Director. I want to begin by thanking my predecessor, John Barry, for his dedicated service as President in 2014-15. It was a busy year for John, as he also handled the Events and Professional Development portfolios, so I want to recognize him for his outstanding work. I also want thank past board members Sarah Milner, Vanessa Greebe and Steph Pound for their time and dedication to CPRS-VI.  

This year, I am pleased to welcome three new directors to our board, all of whom are based in Nanaimo: Erin MacDonald (Communications/Regional Director) of 460 Communications, and Rolanda Murray (Secretary/Professional Development Director) and Kristina Stowe (Events) both of Vancouver Island University. We are joined by our Victoria-based team: John Barry (Past President/Sponsorship Director), Peggy Kulmala (Vice President/Membership Director), Anita Wasuita (Education), and Patricia Kilshaw (Treasurer). Please visit http://www.cprs-vi.org/boardbios.php to learn more about our talented team. 

The regional balance on our board is part of our strategy to grow the CPRS presence across the Island. With this in mind, we are offering more activities outside of Victoria, including our annual professional development workshop, Beyond The Hype, which will take place on Friday, November 13, at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. For details please visit http://www.beyondthehype.ca

Our board is also busy planning a variety of mixers, workshops, and webinars to bring our members together to share and learn from one another. We are also considering a mini-conference in Victoria focused on connecting students to public relations pros in the New Year. More details to come, but we welcome any ideas or suggestions for an activity, whether it is online or in a community near you.

For those of you with five or more years in the public relations profession, please consider taking your career to the next level by pursuing the APR designation, an internationally-recognized credential for public relations professionals. For details visit http://www.cprs.ca/accreditation. Application deadline is December 1, 2015, so please connect with me directly soon if you are ready to take on this exciting and rewarding challenge.

Thank you once again for being part of CPRS Vancouver Island. Contact me any time at president@cprs-vi.org if you have any questions on how we can help make the most of your membership with us. I also encourage you to connect with us on our LinkedIn page, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. 

I hope to see or hear from you soon . . . until then, all the best!

Dan Hurley, APR


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